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The post the Brian Blair campaign doesn’t want you to read: Fraternal Order of Police endorses Blair in H-47

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I imagine somewhere in the Fraternal Order of Police’s mission statement it probably says something about the organization and its members being dedicated to, you know, keeping people safe. Especially children. Especially children from abusive parents. In fact, on its website, it states that the FOP’s job is “to promote and foster the impartial enforcement of law and order.”

It just makes sense: the police are the ‘good guys’ who arrest the ‘bad guys’ who hurt children.

What I doubt is that in that same mission statement there’s anything about the Fraternal Order of Police endorsing political candidates who have been arrested for hitting their kids.

But that’s exactly what the Florida State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) did today when it endorsed former Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair in his bid for Florida House District 47.

That’s right the FOP is endorsing a guy recently arrested for beating up his kids.

According to the police report, Blair pushed his older son Brett, 17, and then punched his son in the face after he tried to walk away. Blair then put his son in a chokehold, which impaired breathing. After he let go of his older son he grabbed his younger son Bradley, 12, and punched him.

I understand the FOP supporting candidates familiar with the workings of the criminal justice system, but that doesn’t mean they should support candidates in the criminal justice system.

What’s next…is the NRA going to endorse gun traffickers?

Update: the Blair campaign sent me this e-mail: “The charges against Brian Blair were completely erroneous and dropped by the State Attorney and DCF. I would appreciate if you remove this slanderous blog as soon as possible.” — Brian Blair and Shannon K. Rose

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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